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Look and feel better with the advice on how to live a healthier lifestyle in these videos.
You Will Need
- Daily moderate exercise
- Something to laugh about
- Lots of friends
- A healthy diet
- Seven to nine hours of sleep per night
- A bridge group (optional)
Get moving: Just 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise will do. You can even split it into three 10-minute bursts of activity.
Laugh it off
Find something to laugh about every day – even force it if you have to. Real or fake, laughter strengthens your immune system by increasing good-for-you hormones and reducing stress ones; lowering your blood pressure; and slowing your resting heart rate.
Look at the bright side
Train yourself to look at the bright side. Optimistic people were two and a half times less likely to develop cancer of any kind than their pessimistic peers, according to one study.
Make time for friends
Make time for the friends you have and cultivate new ones. A study found that seniors with a lot of pals were 22 percent less likely than their less social counterparts to die during the decade when they participated in the study.
Eat a healthy diet: at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day focusing on the antioxidant powerhouses; complex carbs, fatty fish, and a few cups of green tea at least two times a week; a daily handful of nuts; no more than one glass of alcohol per day; and a limited amount of meat and sweets.
Catch your zzzzz's
Get at least seven hours of sleep every night, more if you can.